In keeping with our theme of dog names meaning cuddly, the name "Precious" means "of great worth" and this certainly describes our first pop culture dog with a name meaning cuddly. Precious, a role played by Darla the dog, is a white Toy Poodle who was the beloved canine companion of the serial killer in the 1991 movie The Silence of the Lambs.
The role of Precious is played by Darla the Dog, whose name also can be connected to the word "cuddly", meaning dearling or darling. Darla was born in 1975, a Bichon Frise animal actress who is best known for her role as "Precious" in this movie. Darla's acting career began in 1985 when she starred in Pee-Wee's big Adventure
, playing the role of Pink Poodle. She didn't stop there, either, because in 1989, she starred with Tom Hanks in The Burbs,
playing the role of Poodle. Between her appearance in The Burbs
and The Silence of the Lambs,
Darla starred in an episode of Coach
as well. Darla's popularity was such after her role of Precious that she became a cult icon and someone even took the liberty of developing a Facebook page for her, part of her popularity coming from the confusion about which breed of dog she really was since she played the "Poodle" part so well. Darla retired from films in 1992 with her final film role being Ratty Poodle in the 1992 Batman Returns.
She passed away the same year.
Our second pop culture dog with a name meaning cuddly is Fifi, the little dog owned by Minnie Mouse. This Disney Dog is a cute, spunky little Pekingese who belongs to Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse's girlfriend and later wife. She becomes enamored of Pluto, Mickey's dog and they eventually marry. Together Pluto and Fifi produce Pluto, Junior and the Pluto's Quin-Puplets. She is described as a golden-yellow Pekingese, with black ears, nose and tail and big eyes, considered childlike, loving and sweet, creating an adorable package which won first prize in the Dog Show episode. Her home is Mousetown, USA and she has been owned by Minnie Mouse since Minnie was young. She debuted in Mickey's Sunday comic strip on March 6, 1932 and was first featured in a cartoon in the Puppy Love episode which aired September 2, 1933.